The mixture of airborne particles / fumes and hot gases produced by the weld fume process make them particularly dangerous for anyone working with welding fumes. Unless they are safely captured by weld fume extraction system before being inhaled they can cause health issues.
HSE made changes in Enforcement Expectations for Mild Steel Welding Fume in 2019
'With immediate effect, there is a strengthening of HSE’s enforcement expectation for all welding fume, including mild steel welding; because general ventilation does not achieve the necessary control.'
HSE Inspectors visit engineering and fabrication companies to ensure activities that can affect the health of workers are being properly managed. Regardless of amount of time welding, as a minimum there must be:
HSE no longer accept any welding undertaken without any suitable LEV to capture at source the fumes generated, as there is no known level of safe exposure.
Continuous exposure to welding fumes can cause serious respiratory diseases to your employees.
Symptoms from weld fume exposure can include but are not limited to:
Anyone who welds indoors, as part of their profession or employment must now by law use LEV to capture the fumes at source.
From a desk mounted arm to capture solder fumes, to our largest boom arm (where the hood can be positioned anywhere within a 9 metre radius) we have a weld fume extraction solution to meet your requirements. We also supply a range of cost-effective mobile and portable HEPA rated filtration units.
Fumex Ltd has a complete range of centralised high-vacuum fume extraction systems. With centrifugal fans ranging from 0.75kW to 11kW units, which will handle 2 to 25 technicians using welding guns at the same time. Filter options are also available with automatic Jet-Pulse cleaning on some models. Our engineers will design a system tailored to your industry, production needs and your building.
Thinking about replacing your welding fume extraction system? Call us on 0114 234 1114 and talk to our extraction experts today - we'll provide a long-term solution that protects your work